SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR MISSING PERSONS
After Law Enforcement has been contacted, get it out on Social Media. Only 11% of 785 votes did you think law enforcement was doing all they could. Don’t rely solely on them. We have to be the voices more than ever. The public has to keep the case from going cold.
SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS
Family member or close friend should create a page and name the admins. This needs to be persons that are willing to keep the page in the public eye. Posting updates daily or at least 3-5 times a week.
Keep the name short e.g. Find Cole Thomas, Bring Home Angie, Team Donna Kay (make sure your page name and hashtags are not already in use)
- Every post should have a #hashtag that relates to the missing person, ie. #findcolethomas #bringhomeangie #teamdonnakay Hopefully this can match the page. Stay consistent in the hashtag you create.
- Other hashtags, #missingperson, #citystate #agencyhandling
- The ABOUT section, DO NOT SKIP THIS PART. This part needs as much information about the missing person as you can fit into the area. Name, Age, DOB, Tattoos, Body Piercings, Where and When Last Seen, Last seen with who, Last Call/Text. (Leave out the theories, only factual information here)
- Add photos that show different angles, preferably no filters.
- FLYER’S – Create one if one has not been created. Canva and PicMonkey are great for creating printable flyers as well as digital.
- Age / DOB
- Date Last Seen
- Missing from Area, City, State
- Physical Features, Tattoos, and Piercings
- Photos of different angles as recent as possible
- Any additional facts, add them.
- Law Enforcement Coverage and contact information
- Social Media Pages
- NamUs Case Number
- Reward Money if available
- Share the FLYER on the page every few days. From the page, share it to any personal FaceBook pages and other social media accounts. When you share the flyer, put the basic details in the post as well (this helps when others are searching).
- Do a Live with Family and close Friends.
- Like and Follow pages as your Missing Person page that are about Missing Persons. (When you like a page, you can change it to, like as your page)
Starters List of Facebook Pages to follow as your Missing Person Page:
Search For Me Foundation 🕵️♂️⭐️
This is a small list of what is available. Type in Missing Person in the Facebook search. Like and follow other missing person’s in your area. They will do the same.
Consider following Search and Rescue groups in the area.
Anyone can create these and do. They are good to discuss theories and brainstorm with only members being able to see. There is some great information included in some as well as false information and drama in others. Pick and choose wisely.
For example, the person that sent a formal complaint about David Marshburn with Search For Me Foundation is an admin of several groups. Her most recent being on the Casey Hathaway who was recently found and NOT sold or killed by the grandmother as the groups theory. Families are already in turmoil. Although these groups are members only, this is how rumors get started. If you find yourself in a group like this, beware how quick someone is to judge of an already emotional situation.
Twitter is the next best place to keep the missing person’s case from going cold. Share the missing flyer but also list the basics of the case and include hashtags. Popular Twitter hashtags #TuesdayThoughts #ThursdayThoughts #FridayThoughts #FridayFeeling #GreatWayToGetMyAttention #Missing #MissingPerson
No need to create a page for the missing person but do share the flyer with the details in the post. If you have group boards save to these. Share often. It will not hurt to hashtag as well.
There are many other social media sites to share the flyer on.
Grab a notebook and use it daily. Anything and anyone you speak with about your missing person, record it with a date as if you were writing a book.
Last but not least, Thank you to each and everyone of you following and supporting Search For Me Foundation.